[mod_python] Returning HTTP_MULTI_STATUS from a custom handler

Nick nick at dd.revealed.net
Mon Jun 14 13:37:23 EDT 2004

Good point, there.  I needed to do something similar a while ago, and after 
trial and error I figured it out.  It might be a helpful FAQ item.


Indrek Järve wrote:

> Grisha,
> Thanks, that did it!
> Maybe this behaviour should be explained in a bit more detail in the
> documentation for the future users? While now knowing this I can
> semi-understand it from "Overview of a Request Handler" and "Request
> Object/Request Members", it still seems a bit vague ;)
> Regards,
> Indrek
> On Mon, 2004-06-14 at 20:24, Gregory (Grisha) Trubetskoy wrote:
>>If you want Apache to handle the error, you return it the error code. This
>>will result in the behaviour you are seeing (an error page and a status of
>>If you do not want Apache to handle the error (and in your case you do
>>not), then set req.status yourself, write the necessary output (e.g. some
>>html describing the error)  if any, and return apache.OK.
>>So the code you're looking for is:
>>def handler(req):
>>    req.status = apache.HTTP_MULTI_STATUS
>>    req.content_type = 'text/plain; charset=UTF-8"
>>    req.write('hi!')
>>    return apache.OK
>>This may seem confusing at first, but if you think about it it actually
>>makes pretty good sense. :-)
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